22 Places Better Than Fast Food To Get Food On Your Journey
I can’t lie, I’ve hit up a drive thru more than once on my way home from a festival. When you’re tired and dirty and mostly just want to get home, it’s an easy thing to do. But as I grow older I find that food so much less satisfying and nourishing. We all know there’s nothing more satisfying on the road than a well cooked meal from a local business. You won’t regret taking the extra time to find a solid meal after a weekend of eating trail mix and jerky.
Jenny’s Giant Burger, Fort Bragg
Jenny’s serves simple but tasty, no frills burgers.
Buster’s Burgers and Brew, Willits
Close to the venue and not far off the path of 101. Buster’s has some delectable fried appetizers: Jalapeño Poppers, Battered Veggie Platter, and Mozzarella Sticks, but the burgers are the super stars. You’ll find a nice selection of draft beers as well.
Hamburger Ranch and BBQ, Cloverdale
A family owned spot with finger lickin’ Kansas City BBQ and burgers. Make sure to try the BBQ Pasta side, it’s worth the trip alone!
Superburger, Santa Rosa, Cotatti, Healdsburg
Grass Fed beef and lots of fancy fixins plus more than 25 shake flavors. Also featuring “The Imposter” vegan patty.
Vegan and Vegetarian Food
Piaci Pub and Pizzaria, Fort Bragg
Thin crust pizza with gourmet toppings such as pine nuts, caramelized onions and gorgonzola cheese. They also serve focaccia, calzone, and several salads as well as draft beers and have an extensive wine list
Mariposa Market, Willits
Mariposa is primarily a health food grocer but you’ll also find a fully stocked deli with smoothies and juices, vegan, raw and gluten free baked goods, soups, salads, and rice bowls.
OCO Time, Ukiah
It’s rare for a sushi restaurant to have so many vegetarian options and we’re not talking boring cucumber rolls either! More like rolls filled with Tempura Pumpkin, Green Bean, Avocado, Carrot, Beet, and Sprouts. They’ve also have gluten free options and fresh fish.
East West Cafe, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol
Vegetarian plates, burgers, and wraps. They also have choices for meat eaters as well. They serve a great breakfast too including 9 grain buttermilk pancakes (served all day in Sebastopol, 1pm in Santa Rosa) a healthy twist on an old favorite.
Amy’s Drive Thru, Rohnert Park
This place is dangerously close to a fast food drive thru, but their special twist of bringing vegetarian/vegan and organic to fast food deserves special mention. If you’ve always wanted the convenience of a drive thru but never eat that kind of food, this is the spot for you.
Goodlife Cafe and Bakery, Mendocino Village
Sit on the deck and breathe in the fresh ocean air while enjoying a tasty coffee and gluten free (or gluten containing) pastries, salads and burritos.
Black Oak Coffee, Ukiah
Specializing in single origin and organic blends, Black Oak Coffee roasts their own beans for which they have won multiple awards. Grab a drink on the road, eat a sandwich at their cafe, and pick up a bag of beans for home!
Flying Goat Coffee, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa
Sonoma County is known for our wines but we sure have a lot of coffee roasters who know what they’re doing too! These guys are just as particular about pulling shots as perfecting their roasts, designer espresso from start to finish.
Hardcore Espresso, Sebastopol
A local hangout spot and yet another bean roaster. Come for the strong coffee drinks, stay for their beautiful outdoor garden seating and laid back West Sonoma County vibes.
Cow Licks, Fort Bragg
Deliciously creamy organic confections. Try the Candy Cap Mushroom flavor, it’s amazing somewhere between carmel and maple yet unique. And yes, it’s actually made from a variety of local mushrooms!
JD Redhouse, Willits
These guys started off as a farm supply and pet feed store. While they have stayed true to their roots, they also carry Cow Licks ice cream, so if you’re traveling south instead of north, JD Redhouse is a great stop. They also have fantastic fudge!
Noble Folk, Healdsburg
Interesting and unusual flavors such as Cornflake and Lychee Sorbet as well as ones you’d expect. They also have outstanding pies (the peanut butter pie is highly recommended if available) and espresso drinks.
Screamin’ Mimi’s, Sebastopol
A little further down the road but well worth the stop. Famous for their espresso, chocolate cookie with fudge “Mimi’s Mud” flavor. Lots of great fruit and sorbet flavors as well.
If you’re taking a leisurely pace on your journey to or from EFG, consider stopping in one of these areas for the night so you can sample the local brews! We want you to get home safely, so please don’t drink & drive.
Anderson Valley Brewery, Boonville
AVB has been craft brewing in Boonville for over 30 years. Among their GMO free lineup of beers you’ll find the standard IPA’s and Ales as well as bourbon and wine barrel-aged. Don’t forget to check out their disc golf course.
Bear Republic, Healdsburg
If you love hoppy flavors Bear Republic is sure to please. At their taproom you’ll find a large selection of Bear Republic beers including classics Racer 5 IPA and Red Rocket Ale. They also have a food menu including: burgers and tequila lime pasta. If you’re not an alcohol drinker, Bear Republic also makes a great root beer and cream soda
Lagunitas Brewery, Petaluma
A classic Nor-Cal brewer that has grown to be 3rd best selling craft beer in America. Lagunitas brewery in Petaluma is a great stop where you can see their production and sample many of their flavors including ones not available in stores. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays so make a stop on the way to Enchanted.
Wine Road, Sonoma County
There are just too many amazing wineries to mention along your path. Luckily, the folks at Wine Road, an association of wineries all over Sonoma County has you covered. Visit their website to find the winery that matches your taste and travel plans.
Navarro Vineyards, Philo
A smaller family run winery that has been in Mendo since 1974. Book a tour through their website to see their vineyard and sample some tasty wines.